In this issue:
· AIANY is in the “News”
· Coming in May: The Bilbao Effect

AIANY is in the “News”
On 04.15.10, NY1 reporter Jeanine Ramirez paid a visit to “The New Domino” exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The project for the historic Domino Sugar refinery site on the Brooklyn waterfront, which is currently being reviewed by the City Planning Commission as part of the ULURP process, will be presented by the lead architect, Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, at the Center for Architecture on 04.22.10 , less than a week before the City Planning public hearing on 04.28.10. See the NY1 coverage here, on the AIANY’s new news page! Visit “News” to stay up-to-date with Chapter and Center headlines, and read the latest press releases from the Center for Architecture!

Coming in May: The Bilbao Effect
It’s been six years since Oren Safdie debuted his architecture-themed play, “Private Jokes, Public Places,” at the Center for Architecture. The playwright is back in NYC, and has begun rehearsing for “The Bilbao Effect,” the next installment in his architecture trilogy. In this fast, funny play, architect Erhardt Shlaminger is under fire for his mega-development on Staten Island. (More than a few parallels can be drawn to Brooklyn’s controversial Atlantic Yards development.) Could irresponsible architecture have driven a resident to suicide? What is the role of design in our 21st-century cities? It is up to the AIA to decide, as designers, critics, and residents hash out the role and responsibility of new buildings in NYC.

The showcase play will convert the Center for Architecture into a 99-seat theater, with showings Wednesday-Saturday, 05.12-06.05.10. Tickets are $18, and can be purchased in advance at Theatermania. Stay tuned for a podcast interview with the playwright in an upcoming of e-Oculus, and get your tickets for “The Bilbao Effect” today!

Theater Design Studio is Inspired by Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Event: Studio@theCenter — Theater Design
Location: Center for Architecture, 03.29-04.01.10
Educator: Jane Cowan — Design Educator


Tour of Rose Cinema, A Nameless Theater, designed by Tammuz (4th grade).

Photos by Glenda Reed

After getting behind the scenes tours of theaters around the city, young designers in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Studio@theCenter program “Theater Design” created their own tabletop puppet theaters. The studio began at the Center for Architecture where design educator Jane Cowan facilitated a discussion on theater as a design typology. The group then headed to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for a tour led by Sharon Lehner, director of archives, who pointed out architectural elements such as the trap doors and raked seating in the Howard Gilman Opera House and the signature red proscenium arch in the Rose Cinema, which was renovated by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture in 1997. The next day, the studio group toured New York University’s Skirball Center led by Amy Coombs, director of operations. The two tours allowed students to compare and contrast a historic theater with a contemporary one.

At the end of the program students designed their own theaters. Tragedy Theater, designed by fourth-grader Lev, is a place where only tragedies are meant to be performed. A Nameless Theatre includes a trap door on stage, balcony seating, and a red proscenium arch inspired by the Rose Cinema. According to fourth-grade designer, Tammuz, the choice of the red proscenium was also influenced by Jean Guy Lecat’s theory (as described by Lehner) that the color red signifies the last color the human eye sees before darkness. The model for A Nameless Theatre will be on display at NYU’s Skirball Center for family performances on 04.17.10 and the weekend of 05.08.10. To see pictures of the theater design studio trips and projects, visit the Center for Architecture Foundation’s website.

The Center for Architecture Foundation holds architecture and design studios for students in grades 3-12 during school vacations. This year’s summer vacation offerings include a two-week architecture studio intensive for high school students; a bridge design workshop; and a number of digital design programs focusing on Google SketchUp. A list of upcoming summer studio programs can be found online here.

Open Crit: Governors Island Master Plan


Governors Island.

West 8 / Rogers Marvel Architects / Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Mathews Nielsen / Urban Design +

The Park and Public Space Master Plan, developed by a design team led by the landscape architecture firm West 8 along with Rogers Marvel Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, and Urban Design +, reflects extensive input from New Yorkers over the past two years at meetings, workshops, and interactive exhibits, as well as an online display of design proposals and the Governors Island blog. A recently launched website presents the entire plan, including detailed renderings, and is open for more public feedback as the project moves into its next stages. The Park and Public Space Master Plan will also be exhibited in Building 110 on the island and in the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan beginning on 06.05.10, when the island opens to the public.

The winning team of the FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion competition is Ann Ha and Behrang Behin for their “Living Pavilion.” The design will be assembled on Governors Island this summer. The three finalists include ECHOMATERICO (Berardo Matalucci, Fabiano Spano, Guillermo Ivan López Dominguez, Enrico Crobu); Unchung Na and Sorae Yoo of NAMELESS ARCHITECTURE; and Lonn Combs, RA, of EASTON+COMBS. For more information, click here.

Design Trust for Public Space announced the selection of two fellows for their Five Borough Farm project: Nevin Cohen, an urban food policy expert, and Rupal Sanghvi, a public health evaluation expert…

Paul Lewis, AIA, Marc Tsurumaki, and David Lewis, the three principals of LTL Architects, have been honored with the annual Lawrence Israel Prize for outstanding architects and designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology…

Five teams have been selected to advance to the design phase of St. Louis Gateway Arch international competition, including NY teams: the MVVA Team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; SOM, Hargreaves, BIG; and Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism; for a complete list of finalists, click here

Robert Ivy, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, has been named a “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi… The Professional Women in Construction National Association 2010 Honorees include David J. Burney, FAIA, Commissioner, and David A. Resnick, AIA, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Design + Construction…

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the Songdo Convensia, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, a LEED NC 2.2 “Certified” rating, making it the first building in Korea more than 1,000 square meters — and the first convention facility in Asia — to achieve certification…

Anna Torriani, AIA, principal of Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani and co-chair of the AIANY Public Architecture Committee, has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Master Plan… The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Jason Schupbach will become the Director of Design at the end of May…

04.08.10: Designer Pages and the IDNY Meet-Up organized the future-focused panel discussion, #FUTURTECTURE.


Mohawk Design Consultant Christopher Stulpin; James Russell, FAIA, Architecture Critic, Bloomberg; Todd Schliemann, FAIA, Design Partner, Polshek Partnership; Marianne Kwok, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Scott Johnson, AIA, Associate Partner and acting COO, Richard Meier & Partners; Mustafa K. Abadan, FAIA, Design Partner, SOM; Dan Kaplan, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects; Kristen Richards, Hon. ASLA, Editor-in-Chief of OCULUS and; and Mohawk Regional VP Steve Vosburgh.

Josh Wong Photography

03.23.10: Contract magazine’s 50th Anniversary fete at Perkins+Will office.


(L-R): Contract Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Busch, and Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, P+W Principal and 2007 AIANY Chapter President.

Kristen Richards

04.05.10: Publicolor’s star-studded Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit at Martin Luther King High School had architects, designers, celebrities, and city politicos side by side with Publicolor student members creating vibrant murals on canvas. The paintings became part of a silent-auction fundraiser for the non-profit, which mentors high-risk students through a number of initiatives including a school-to-work apprenticeship program and SAT and career/college prep programs. Publicolor also paints public spaces in schools in low-income neighborhoods.


Rogers Marvel Architects Principal Jonathan Marvel, AIA, and his Publicolor student team painted/taped up a storm.



STUDIOS Architecture Principal Tom Krizmanic, AIA, impressed Mayor Bloomberg with his team’s Hummer paint machine.



Editor-as-Canvas Kristen Richards, Hon. ASLA


04.06.10: “On the Horizon,” an exhibition of the NY ASLA 2010 Awards, opened at The Horticultural Society of New York.


(L-R): NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; NY ASLA President-Elect Tricia Martin, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal, WE Design; Horticultural Society Executive Director Sara Hobel; and Jane Cooke, NY ASLA Executive Director.

Kristen Richards

03.24.10: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Opportunities in the Transportation Sector” was a program held by the New York chapter of SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services).


(L-R): Patricia Grew, Director of Marketing, AKF Engineers, LLP; Gregory Del Rio, P.E., Associate, Director of Transportation, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Patricia Neumann, CEO and President, Accu-Cost Construction Consultants, Inc., and president of SMPS-NY; David Tweedy, Chief of Capital Planning, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Joseph F. Trainor, P.E., Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer, MTA Capital Construction; Joseph Jarrin, Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Contracting & Program Management, New York City Department of Transportation; Andrew J. Weinberg, CPSM, Senior Marketing & Business Development Manager, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; and Arie Ben-Dor, Principal, Ben-Dor Group.

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2010 Oculus Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards:

Spring: Architect as Leader: (CLOSED).

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2010: (CLOSED).

Fall: Thinking Back / Thinking Forward and Understanding the Shift: The recession has given us the opportunity to reflect on the last decades of design and building — and what might be ahead. We will investigate trends in design, building, and marketing that are coming into play. What are the next steps in social media, BIM, sustainability, technology, competitions, stalled projects, adaptive re-use, design for flexibility, mergers and firm acquisitions?
Submit story ideas by 05.21.10

Winter: Practice without Borders: The world is growing smaller. New York is an international city, and it is easier than ever for overseas firms to work here and for New York City firms to work abroad. We will look into reciprocity, licensure, removal of boundaries to practice, and international competitions as ways to build renown.
Submit story ideas by 08.13.10

04.23.10 Call for Entries: New Practices New York 2010

04.30.10 Call for Entries: Iron Designer Challenge

05.03.10 Call for Presentations: AIA NYS Conference

05.14.10 Call for Entries: Re: Contemplating the Void

05.15.10 Call for Entries: The Generative Space Award

05.31.10 Call for Entries: Naef Cella Toy International Competition

06.01.10 Call for Entries: Conover Cottages

06.04.10 Call for Nominations: 2010 Greenwich Historical Society Preservation Awards — pdf

06.15.10 Call for Entries: Gustavino Biennial

06.21.10 Call for Entries: Build a Better Burb

07.01.10 Call for Entries: SADi Awards

07.02.10 Call for Entries: World Architecture Festival Awards

07.16.10 Call for Entries: Livable Communities Awards

09.24.10 Call for Entries: Design Against the Elements

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


Helfand Spotlight Series: The New Domino

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On view April 8 — May 3

Design Awards


On view April 15 — July 3, 2010.

Through 04.30.10
Maya Lin: What is Missing?


Maya Lin, What is Missing? (2010, single channel video, color, no sound, 4:13 min).

Courtesy of Creative Time and the What is Missing? Foundation

A series of four videos about mass extinction precipitated by the degradation of natural habitats will be shown in Times Square. There will be an expanded schedule of screenings on 04.22.10 for Earth Day. Maya Lin is a participant in the Creative Time Global Residency Program, for which she has traveled to diverse parts of the world to connect with disappearing species for this project.

Creative Time
44 1/2-inch screen, Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets, NYC

(various dates)
Parsons Presents 2010 Thesis Exhibitions


Last year’s thesis exhibit

Copyright Martin Seck

April through June, a series of shows in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and venues across Manhattan highlight thesis work by undergraduate and graduate students in its architecture, communication design, design and management, design and technology, fashion design, fine arts, illustration, integrated design, interior design, lighting, photography, and product design programs.

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Through 05.14.10
José Oubrerie


Miller House in Lexington, KY by José Oubrerie

Brian Wilson

On view are French architect and author (and Le Corbusier protégé) José Oubrerie’s best-known works, including the Church of St. Pierre in Firminy, France, and the Miller House in Lexington, KY. In addition, The School is producing the book on Oubrerie’s work that will feature many photos and drawings of the two buildings.

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (Spitzer School) at The City College of New York
141 Convent Avenue, NYC

Through 05.23.10
Fast Trash: Roosevelt Island’s Pneumatic Tubes and the Future of Cities


View of the control room and Jerry Sorgente, DSNY stationary engineer in charge of the AVAC facility

Kate Milford

Using Roosevelt Island’s underground garbage collection system as a model, this exhibition attempts to show how we can radically change the way garbage is moved through the city. On view are brochures, advertisements, and other ephemera from Roosevelt Island’s archives, as well as photographs and video interviews of the engineers and technicians at work at Roosevelt Island’s facility.

Gallery RIVAA
527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NYC

04.06.10 Editor’s Note: Coming up 04.11-17.10 is National Architecture Week. Be sure to follow discussions on the Shape of America website, AIA’s Facebook Page, and on Twitter.

Also, later this week on 04.08.10, OCULUS and e-Oculus are sponsoring a panel on the challenges, opportunities, trends, and technologies of architecture, organized by IDNY and Designer Pages. Join us at Mohawk at 6:30 PM for #FUTURTECTURE. Click the link to RSVP.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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Also, check out the latest Podcasts produced by AIANY.

Call for Tributes: Norval White, FAIA

The OCULUS Committee and AIA New York Chapter will be hosting an event celebrating the release of the newest edition of the AIA Guide to New York City on 06.02.10. In memory of author Norval White, FAIA, e-Oculus will be publishing a special tribute issue to coincide with the celebration. We are seeking personal anecdotes, images, and remembrances — any and all are welcome. Please e-mail them to by Friday, 05.14.10.